Series of rural burglaries in southwest Butler County


The Butler County Sheriff’s Department posted a message on Social Media yesterday reporting that there have been a number of burglaries, and equipment/trailer/vehicle thefts in the southwest portion of the county and the northwest portion of Cowley County.  
The report further stated that the sheriff offices of both counties are working to identify the thieves and  to stop the burglaries.
“Some arrests have been made but we do not believe all the suspects have been identified as of yet. We have some good information already, but any additional information you may be able to provide (no matter how trivial you believe it to be) would be of great assistance.
There are some steps you can take to help us and help yourself as well:
1. Make sure you have the serial numbers to your equipment/trailers or any other valuables you own.
If you are unfortunate enough to become a victim, but have your serial numbers, we can enter your property into a national database checked by officers across the country.  If an officer comes across your property (such as in Wichita) we would be able to return your property to you. The serial numbers will also help us to identify the property as yours, especially in the case of mass produced items.
2. Take photos of your items.
Photos can show us exactly what your items looked like, as opposed to us relying on photos from the internet. Photos are especially important if your equipment is custom manufactured or if you have added to or altered the equipment in anyway.
3. Lock your equipment. While locks are not going to stop all thieves, most thieves look for easy targets.
4. Put up cameras.
We know not everyone has the means to do this, but if you do the cameras can help us identify a person or vehicle. Simple motion activated wildlife cameras work great in remote areas. If you are able to put up cameras, please remember to check the batteries and the remaining storage capacity.
If you have any information regarding any crime or have any questions, please contact us at 316-322-4257.”